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Re: Paste Paper
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Paste Paper
- From: "Virginia B. Sauer" <vsauer@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 09:52:49 EDT
- Message-id: <199709011354.GAA27562@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Kim Nickens <nickinpa@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> During a recent book arts class, one person had a book of
poems that were letterpress on pastepaper. The paste
paper had very soft colors and a matte finish and was used
as background for the text with a very elegant result.
The paste paper technique was described as one developed
by Susan Moore using sponges. Is anyone on the list
familiar with this technique and/or recipe?
I have no idea what technique or recipe Susan Moore used, but
it sounds as though she just used lacy sponges for texture.
Although more expensive than other recipes, using methyl
cellulose will reportedly make the product suitable for
archival purposes (which I assume is your goal). It is
available at art supply stores. Rice starch, et cetera, can
be substituted for less expensive (albeit non-archival)
variations. (So can flour or wallpaper paste, but the result
is less smooth.)
To make 1 pint (2 cups) of paste:
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon methyl cellulose
-- Make the paste:
. Pour 1 cup of the water into a medium-sized bowl and
sprinkle methyl cellulose on top. Stir until well
. Set aside until thick (about 1 - 2 hours), stirring
every 15 minutes or so. (Some brands may take up to 3
hours, so don't panic if it seems to take longer than
the specified amount of time.)
. Add 3/4 cup more warm water. Stir until thoroughly
. Mixture should be consistency of unset pudding. If it
is too thick, add up to 1/4 cup more. (Add water
gradually, since you can always add more as needed.)
. Choose pigments to yield desired colors. (If desired,
divide mixture between several containers, such as
- Most acrylic paints work well. The best I've found
are Grumbacher, Windsor Newton, Liquitex, and
Golden. However, other readily available brands,
such as Delta, Accent, and Palmer, will also work
- Most tempera paints work very well.
- Tube watercolors can also be used.
- Gouache, printing inks, colorisers used to color
wall paint, or dry pigments (including metallics
and luminescents) may also be used.
. Depending upon the desired intensity, add approximately
1 tablespoon to each 1/4 cup methyl cellulose mixture.
Stir until thoroughly blended.
. Add pigments to yield desired colors.
. If not ready to use immediately (or if any is left
over), store in covered container(s), preferably in
refrigerator. Mixture will remain fresh for a few
-- Apply the paste:
. Cover your work surface (and the area in which you
want your sheets to dry) with newspapers -- and keep
. Choose paper that is relatively smooth, not too
absorbent, but able to withstand being wet (e. g.,
Strathmore, Canson, cover stock, recycled, or bond).
. Place the paper to be colored on top of the work
. Using a wide brush or sponge, apply a little water to
dampen or relax your paper. (This will create more
pale colors than if the paper had not been wet.
Should you prefer more intense colors, simply omit
this step -- or, if you work very slowly and have
problems with it drying too quickly, you can spray
mist with water after the colors have been applied.)
. Begin applying the colored paste (using one or more
colors, depending upon the desired effect).
- Depending upon the desired effect, you can use
brushes or rollers for this.
- Blend to ensure a smooth, even surface.
- Do not worry if the color appears too pale ...
It will usually dry darker.
-- After your colors have been applied, use sponges, combs,
your fingers, brushes, or whatever you like to
incorporate patterns in the design.
-- When finished, iron on the _unpainted_ side of each sheet
(using a dry iron, without steam).